Trocaire recently welcomed Dr. Theresa Knott, who has joined the administration as the college’s associate vice president for Academic Affairs.
The newly created position will lead creation of new programs for Trocaire, as well as exploring opportunities for collaboration, innovation and growth within the college’s current offerings.
“Trocaire is very well established in the community—that work has been brilliantly done by faculty and staff,” Theresa said. “I would like to utilize the established programs to act as a springboard to create additional curriculum that is innovative in its design and meets the needs of 21st century students.”
Theresa comes to Trocaire from California State University, Northridge, where she led the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. In that role, she oversaw the college’s six academic programs as well as professional skill development and training programs, serving about 2,200 students in all. Overall, she supervised about 200 tenure-track and part-time faculty.
Prior to her time in California, Theresa spent five years teaching at York University in Toronto, Canada and 16 working at a public psychiatric hospital. She earned her doctorate in social work from the University of Toronto in 2008.
During her time in hospital administration, she oversaw graduate students in their clinical placements and experienced cross-discipline collaboration as she worked with doctors, nurses and other medical staff. The value of such partnerships has continued to inform her work in higher education.
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Growing up in Kingston, Ontario in Canada, about three hours east of Toronto, means Theresa is used to tough winters and lake-effect snow. However, coming to the chilly fall temperatures of Western New York after her time in California was still a bit of a shock. Even so, she said she appreciates having four distinct seasons again and loves observing the change in fall.
An animal lover with several pets, she said she enjoys hiking and spending time with family, which includes her husband and two adult children. In addition, her return to the East Coast means she’s much closer to family in both Amherst and around periphery of Ontario Canada.
Theresa said her transition into Trocaire’s administration has been an easy one, thanks to her coworkers.
I’ve noticed that the ‘Trocaire Way’ is reflected in the attitudes and welcoming responses that I’ve received,” she said. “Trocaire really is a big family, and faculty and staff have made me feel at home.”